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BT Toughens Stance vs Ofcom

Posted: 06th Dec, 2004 By: MarkJ
BT has today stated that it may not comply with everything Ofcom demands, specifically anything that could be too damaging to its business:

But BT boss Ben Verwaayen today told the Financial Times that it would not meet all of Ofcom's demands if it meant damaging its business.

"If equivalence means everything that is invented by BT must be available to everybody else, then the answer is that's not equivalence," he said. "You have to define what [equivalence] is...otherwise every invention that somebody in BT comes up with immediately goes to the rest of the world - that would be ridiculous. [Equivalence] is about that part that has to be regulated because it is uneconomic or technically impossible [for rivals] to replicate."

But his comments have already caused concern. One source, who asked not to be named, told us: "We'd love to go dancing with BT, but every time we put on our posh frock BT changes the tune."


The pressure is on, but can Ofcom stand firm? More @ The Register.
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